The koru, a symbol that is much
used in Maori art to depict creation, is founded on
the form of an unrolling fern leaf. Its shape which
is circular expresses the idea of eternal movement,
and its inbound coil hints at a return to the
original point. The koru, in other words, represents
the manner in which life changes and at same time
remains the same.
There is a proposal for another New Zealand flag
which symbolizes an apparent identity that mixes the
age old history of nature of New Zealand and that of
the Maori heritage with the developing future of a
The new flag represents the old and the new, history
and advancement simultaneously. It represents peace
yet not weakness, but the intensity of creation
proceeding forward in a brave engagement.
At a time in man’s history which involves heightening
concern for the environment, New Zealand shows an example to
the global community by designing this flag which signifies
serenity with nature, human growth in concordance with
nature. It is the symbol of realizing with this eternal
This new NZ flag is a representation of a new era, a
giant step for mankind's evolution based on
The spiral opening in a rectangular-shaped flag is
the picture of marriage of nature and progress, of
circular and square.
It appears as though the flag
comprises another flag streaming, advancing,
opening, and unrolling in a foreign and mystical
wind, a flag that is transmuted into some other
It is a picture of how matter focuses and transforms
into life. Quantity is metamorphosed into energy.
is a representation of the eternal cycle, a
representation for the forever revitalizing life.
The green in the flag is painstakingly made
up of the
peculiar earthy lush, deep, and rich greens of the farmlands
and bush of New Zealand, a phenomenon which does not occur
anywhere else. This wealth of New Zealand is represented by
The sprouting and spiral fern symbol mixed together
in the Maori koru already represents New Zealand in
many areas such as in the sign of Air New Zealand.
The new design of the flag is original and cannot be
taken for any other flag, as is the dilemma with the
current flags of Australia and New Zealand, and the
flags of several other countries. A recent case of
how a symbol was admitted to symbolize a country
with a quest for identity like that of New Zealand
is the Canadian maple leaf in the flag of Canada.
Similar efforts are being undertaken also in
Australia to design a more appropriate flag.
This new New Zealand flag is in no way meant to take away
from the Southern Cross, the Union Jack, the Commonwealth,
the British monarchy, the British heritage, and the
traditions of New Zealand. The new flag will fly jubilantly
hand in hand with the prescribed Blue Ensign. It signifies
that New Zealand has arrived and qualifies as a peer among
the world’s nations.
The love of the people of New Zealand for their country is
symbolized in the koru ensign.